This week we went to the Tatton Park Flower Show. It's a two hour drive from home and that's if the traffic is behaving which on the M6 it often doesn't. So we decided to treat ourselves and stay overnight. On the way up to Manchester we decided to take a slight detour and visit Lyme Park, a National Trust Property, on the edge of the Peak District. It is a stunning place.
Before passing to the National Trust in 1946 the house had belonged to the Legh family for nearly 600 years.
The interior was fascinating with some impressive Elizabethan fireplaces, a beautiful library containing a semi-circular window with a built-in seat, (I could just imagine sitting there overlooking the grounds, book in hand), and a dining room with some tiny little lidded porcelain pots on the table which apparently were used for gravy. In previous times gravy was only poured over the vegetables so every diner would have been given one of these pots for extra gravy if so wished. I've been to quite a few historic homes and have never seen these before.
The house is set within beautiful gardens and beyond that a deer park. Some of the exterior scenes for the BBC television series Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen were filmed here. This is the lake from which Mr. Darcy/Colin Firth emerged sending many hearts a'flutter!
We loved the orangery...
...the soothing sound of water pitter pattering from the moss encrusted fountain...
...following you around past the beautiful plants.
The herbaceous border was full of colour, as well as bees and butterflies...
... the rose garden an oasis of scented calm.
And this year the Italian garden has been planted in honour of those of fought and fell in the First World War.
This must rank as one of my favourite National Trust houses, alongside Greenway which was Agatha Christie's house in Devon and Coleton Fishacre, also in Devon, once belonging to the D'Oyly Carte family. Considering this is the largest house in Cheshire, Lyme has a delightfully informal and friendly feel. Children rolled down the grassy banks in the garden and played with the games provided on the lawn. Inside, the guides were friendly and informative and The Timber Yard was a lovely place to eat on a hot and sunny day. We didn't get the chance to explore the parkland but hopefully one day we will go back.
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